Executive Team

Pamela A. Pantos
Vice President of Artistic Affairs
ppantos@newportmusic.org

Michael Blachly
Vice President of Artistic Affairs
mblachly@newportmusic.org

Ellen Kulik
Vice President of Development
ekulik@newportmusic.org

Dayla Arabella Santurri
Vice President of Communications
darabella@newportmusic.org

Kim Norton-O’Brien
Advancement Director
Knorton-obrien@newportmusic.org

Melanie Saunders
Box Office Administrator
admin@newportmusic.org


Pamela A. Pantos, Executive Director

ppantos@newportmusic.org

Pamela A. Pantos is recognized as a visionary and entrepreneurial leader in the nonprofit arts and culture and for-profit industry. Her experience on the stage and in the boardroom has transformed organizations by creating new revenues streams, facilitating strategic partnerships and reducing costs. As vice president at Arts Consulting Group, Pantos led the executive search and transformed the division to become both an international and national competitor. During this time, she was named by Babson College as an Action Star Entrepreneur and is still featured in their global marketing campaign. When Pantos was executive director at Opera North, she revitalized the company, bringing it firmly into the black by creating and executing a robust strategic plan and designing a marketing plan that increased ticket sales. She also set a new standard for artistic excellence. New Hampshire Business Review Magazine named her one of New Hampshire’s four Outstanding Women in Business for 2014. Additionally, Pantos was a finance manager for Mergers & Acquisitions (North America) for W.R. Grace. Previously an internationally acclaimed opera singer and fluent in five languages, Pantos has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Athens, and State Theater of Munich. Pantos earned an MBA at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, completed a Masters in Musicology from the University of Hamburg in Germany, and attained a bachelor of arts from Wellesley College, receiving all degrees with honors.

Michael Blachly
Vice President
of Artistic Affairs

mblachly@newportmusic.org

With a career in the arts expanding over 40 years, Dr. Blachly was Director of Performing Arts at the University of Florida from 2000 to 2015. Other positions in presenting, producing and managing the performing arts include positions as director with UCLA Performing Arts, University of Hawaii, Colorado State University, University of Tennessee, and the 1982 World’s Fair. His management experience encompasses serving as Vice President and West Coast Director of Sales for Columbia Artists Management; Vice President of Administration for Bill Fegan Attractions and Assistant Vice President for the 1982 World's Fair.

Career volunteer and elected/appointed leadership positions include the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Chamber Music America, Western Arts Alliance, California Presenters, National Association of Campus Activities, Association of College Unions-International, South Arts Performing Arts Exchange, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, and the International Society of Performing Arts. Selected panelist for grant application evaluations include the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs, Western States Arts Federation, The Japan Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and South Arts.

Currently, Dr. Michael Blachly is a Senior Advisor, having been a Vice President for Facilities & Program Planning, with Arts Consulting Group. In addition, Dr. Blachly is engaged in the areas of Executive Search and Organizational Development for the firm.

Dr. Blachly holds a BA in Speech and Theatre/Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, an MA in Communication Theory/Sociology, from Washington State University, and a PhD in Educational Psychology/Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee.

Ellen Kulik
Vice President of Development, Interim

ekulik@newportmusic.org

Ellen Kulik brings more than 25 years of experience working with a diverse range of arts and culture organizations to strengthen their advancement, communication, and management strategies. With an extensive background in development and nonprofit management, Ms. Kulik possesses both broad experience and deep understanding of arts organizations and the unique challenges they face.

In recent years, Ms. Kulik has been affiliated with Arts Consulting Group, assisting numerous cultural organizations and performing arts centers throughout the country with revenue enhancement and executive search projects. Earlier in her career, Ms. Kulik held senior positions leading the development efforts for such illustrious organizations as Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, San Diego’s Old Globe Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Boston’s Huntington Theater, and American Repertory Theater.

Her first career as a ballet dancer in the United States and Europe provided Ms. Kulik with a keen insight into the operations of performing arts organizations, both on and off the stage.

Ms. Kulik holds a master of business administration degree from Simmons College School of Management.

Dayla Arabella Santurri
Vice President of Communications

darabella@newportmusic.org

For nearly 20 years, Dayla Arabella Santurri CMP, a national award-winning media strategist and event architect, has provided her clients with unparalleled local, national and international exposure. From PBS to BuzzFeed, the New York Times to Time Magazine and The Today Show to ABC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game Show, Dayla works with each client to get to the heart of their story and deliver it to the right audience. Recent accolades include a National Biz Bash Award for Best Trade Show and a BELL Award for best local programming from the Alliance for Women in Media.

Dayla built her own company, Dayla Arabella Inc., on her reputation as a fearless out-of-the-box thinker, forming powerful and long-lasting partnerships along the way. Her dedication to the power of connections led her to cofound the Boston Women in Media & Entertainment in 2012 with beloved Boston broadcaster Candy O’Terry. Now over 200 members strong, the mission of the organization is to connect, inspire and educate women in the media and the arts. Dayla is also on the board of directors of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston and a proud member of the Public Relations Society of America and Meeting Planners International.

Dayla firmly believes in giving her time to honorable organizations that are making a difference. Among the organizations she supports are: Upstage Lung Cancer, the American Red Cross, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Dress for Success, Cradles to Crayons and the American Cancer Society.

Kim Norton-O’Brien
Advancement Director

knorton-obrien@newportmusic.org

Kim brings more than fifteen years of marketing leadership and donor engagement experience to the Newport Music Festival.   A Rhode Island resident since 2000, she is passionate about the incredible caliber of the arts in Newport and the excitement and value they bring to local, national and international audiences.

Previously, she served as Director of Philanthropy at Bay View Academy where she created innovative new engagement and giving programs that drove double digit year over year growth. She also served at the international level for Alpha Phi women’s fraternity, one of the oldest Greek organizations in the country with more than 150,000 members. As an Alpha Phi Foundation board member, she was part of a team that successfully completed a $10 million endowment campaign, the largest ever for a Greek women’s organization.

She received the Polaris Award for continuous and outstanding contributions to the organization. Kim brings extensive marketing and database management experience to the Newport Music Festival.  She is a past VP, Marketing with Virtual DBS, Inc. and spent ten years at AccuData Integrated Marketing as VP, Business Development, helping Fortune 500 clients like Comcast and LendingTree optimize their direct marketing programs and databases to drive revenue and ROI.

Kim holds a B.A. from Bentley University.